As a joyfully inclusive community that champions revolutionary social justice, we change lives by putting ministry in the hands of the people.
Combining acts of social justice with meaningful worship, Centenary United Methodist Church has been changing lives in our community for over 160 years.
Our beliefs center around Compassion, Justice, Worship and Devotion.
Compassion Through our Holy Grounds breakfast community, we serve a hot meal six days a week, averaging nearly 100 meals per day to those in need in our downtown neighborhood. During the winter months, in rotation with six other local churches, Centenary provides shelter and a warm bed for the homeless.
Justice Centenary was the first reconciling congregation in outstate Minnesota, opening its doors to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Through quality productions of legitimate dramatic scripts, social justice topics and issues of humanity such as inclusiveness, acceptance, mental health and disability are explored.
Worship Offering fellowship and spiritual nourishment on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, our worship combines praise, prayer, music and scripture, with meditation and dialogue around questions of faith.
Devotion Centenary shares its resource with others, providing a home for the Korean United Methodist fellowship and hosting within our building the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services and ARC of Southwest Minnesota serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Pastor Michelle and Pastor Erica work as a team to creatively help congregation members, the community, and Holy Grounds live into our vision of being a joyfully inclusive community that champions revolutionary social justice and changing lives by putting ministry into the hands of the people.
A United Methodist pastor for 27 years, Pastor Michelle has served as Senior Pastor at Centenary since 2013. Helping people grow in love of God and neighbor shapes her ministry at all levels, whether preaching, teaching, or supporting Centenary's many ministries. Originally from southern Minnesota, Pastor Michelle is glad to be in the Mankato area with three generations of her family. She often has a camera in her hand to capture the beauty and story of all that surrounds us.
Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God- Micah 6:8. This is Pastor Erica’s guiding scripture and she roots her ministry in the actions of do justice, loving kindness and walking with God while seeking the beloved in each person she meets! Pastor Erica is the pastor of Discipleship and Justice Ministries and oversees the Holy Grounds Breakfast Church, Discipleship for all ages, Youth Ministry, and Justice activities including PRIDEfest, Connections Shelter, and more.
Ordained as a Deacon in 2017, Pastor Erica is happiest with a cup of coffee in her hand, creating space for relationships where people can grow in their love of God and neighbor. Pastor Erica and Pastor Michelle work as a team to creatively help congregation members, the community, and Holy Grounds live into our vision of being a joyfully inclusive community that champions revolutionary social justice and changing lives by putting ministry into the hands of the people.